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Celebrating 7 Mac years

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Don thanks all the loyal readers who keep him on his toes

Almost to the day seven years ago, I wrote: “After 40 years on the coalface of the building industry, I am relishing the challenge of
writing a column that you will find both interesting and informative.” 

I really cannot believe we are celebrating the seventh birthday of this column and I would like to thank everyone who has been involved over the years. We started
off as a tiny column in the main section of the paper and have developed into a full page in Independent HOME, which often gets published in other parts of the country. 
And, of course, we now have a Facebook page.
None of this would have been possible without you, the readers, who test me every week with interesting comments and questions, so thanks to you all. 
Hopefully, we will be allowed to continue for years to come. I often panic I am running out of ideas, but it’s amazing how technology helps with the continuing reinvention of the wheel. Reading some of my earlier
columns just shows how much things have progressed. 
But whatever changes have been made, there will
never be any replacement for honesty and integrity between the contractor and his client and vice versa. Modern technology has, in my opinion, made the world move too fast; we have forgotten the value of talking to one another and the meaning of a handshake. 
What scares me even more is that seven years after a planned early retirement, I still head for my office before six every morning to carry on doing what I love best in life. There just is no substitute. 
The response to holding a workshop on the uses and treatment of borehole water has been phenomenal and I have asked the organisers to proceed. We will put the dates in the paper to give those who want to attend plenty of notice.

Handy Mac, aka Don MacAlister, is our expert on household DIY issues. If you have a question for him, please send it to or SMS only to 082 446 3859. Find Don on FB:

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